Marion County General Assistance provides emergency payment vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source.


  Marion County, Iowa - General Assistance

What is General Assistance

Marion County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25. The purpose and policy of such provisions of relief where appropriate, is to direct the applicant in removing barriers to self-sufficiency and economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency.

Who Qualifies for General Assistance

Marion County General Assistance provides emergency payment vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source. Assistance is provided to an individual that has income or benefits delayed from a state/federal program or not actually received because of reasons not attributable to the person, and who does not have liquid assets of the family unit to pay for the items of assistance that can be provided.

To qualify a person must:

Be a resident of Marion County
Be at least 18 years of age
Meet current income and resource guidelines

If you are a veteran who served during designated war time years with an honorable discharge you must apply at Marion County Veteran's Affairs Click here to go to the Veteran's Affairs page.

Types of Assistance Available

There are three kinds of assistance in Marion County

Emergency assistance for needy persons,
Assistance for poor persons,
Assistance for an extended nature.

How to Apply

No appointment is necessary. When you come bring financial information such as documentation of income, Social Security Card, bills that have been paid and any outside income beyond a job.

PLEASE BE ADVISED Funding may not always be available due to County budget constraints.

Department Head Name:
Mike Kuhn
mkuhn@co.marion.ia.us


Address of General Assistance office:
214 E Main Street
Courthouse
Knoxville Iowa 50138


Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Closed 12:00 - 1:00 for lunch


Phone Number:
(641) 828-2201

FAX Number:
(641) 828-7251


General Assistance Forms:
Downloadable forms used in the General Assistance office


General Assistance Links:


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